Wingspan: Hits and History

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Wingspan: Hits and History
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Greatest hits album by Paul McCartney
Released 7 May 2001
Recorded Late 1969 – mid-1983
Genre Rock
Length 153:04 (UK version)
Label Parlophone
Producer Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, Chris Thomas, George Martin
Paul McCartney chronology
Liverpool Sound Collage
(2000)Liverpool Sound Collage2000
Wingspan: Hits and History
(2001)
Driving Rain
(2001)Driving Rain2001

Wingspan: Hits and History is a greatest hits compilation album by Paul McCartney featuring material spanning his first solo album McCartney in 1970 to the 1984 Give My Regards to Broad Street movie soundtrack.

Wingspan is separated into two distinct sets: the "Hits" disc features commercially successful material, while "History" showcases lesser-known songs from the same period. American and British editions of the album vary slightly, as the UK edition contains the studio version of "Coming Up" while the US edition contains "Coming Up (Live at Glasgow)", which was more popular there. The Japanese version of the album also includes "Eat at Home", which had been issued as a single in Japan.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Essential Rock Discography 8/10[2]
Q 3/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[4]
Uncut 3/5 stars[5]

Released in 2001 in conjunction with a prime time TV documentary, similarly called Wingspan, the associated soundtrack was a commercial success. In the United States, it went straight to number 2 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 221,000 copies in the first week of its release.[6] The album charted there for 14 weeks, selling approximately 970,000 units as of 2005.[7] Wingspan has been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, and also reached gold status in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.[8] A DVD release of the broadcast documentary – which dealt with McCartney's relationship with Linda Eastman and their eventual marriage, the traumatic final year of the Beatles' career and his own role in their break-up, and the story of Wings' formation and career through the 1970s towards their dissolution in 1980 – was produced by Mary McCartney, who also interviewed her father in the film.

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1: Hits[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Performer(s) Length
1. "Listen to What the Man Said" (from Venus and Mars, 1975) Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney Wings 3:57
2. "Band on the Run" (from Band on the Run, 1973) P. McCartney, L. McCartney Paul McCartney and Wings 5:13
3. "Another Day" (Non-album single, 1971) P. McCartney, L. McCartney Paul McCartney 3:43
4. "Live and Let Die" (from the Live and Let Die soundtrack, 1973) P. McCartney, L. McCartney Paul McCartney and Wings 3:12
5. "Jet" (from Band on the Run) P. McCartney, L. McCartney Paul McCartney and Wings 4:08
6. "My Love" (from Red Rose Speedway, 1973) P. McCartney, L. McCartney Paul McCartney and Wings 4:08
7. "Silly Love Songs" (from Wings at the Speed of Sound, 1976) P. McCartney, L. McCartney Wings 5:55
8. "Pipes of Peace" (from Pipes of Peace, 1983) P. McCartney Paul McCartney 3:26
9. "C Moon" (Non-album single, 1972) P. McCartney, L. McCartney Wings 4:35
10. "Hi, Hi, Hi" (Non-album single, 1972) P. McCartney, L. McCartney Wings 3:09
11. "Let 'Em In" (from Wings at the Speed of Sound) P. McCartney, L. McCartney Wings 5:10
12. "Goodnight Tonight" (Non-album single, 1979) P. McCartney Wings 4:21
13. "Junior's Farm" (DJ edit; non-album single, 1974) P. McCartney, L. McCartney Paul McCartney and Wings 3:03
14. "Mull of Kintyre" (Non-album single, 1977) P. McCartney, Denny Laine Wings 4:45
15. "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" (from Ram, 1971) P. McCartney, L. McCartney Paul and Linda McCartney 4:50
16. "With a Little Luck" (DJ edit; original version from London Town, 1978) P. McCartney Wings 3:13
17. "Coming Up" (from McCartney II, 1980) P. McCartney Paul McCartney 3:53
18. "No More Lonely Nights" (from the Give My Regards to Broad Street soundtrack, 1985) P. McCartney Paul McCartney 4:47
Total length: 75:38

Disc 2: History[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Performer(s) Length
1. "Let Me Roll It" (from Band on the Run) P. McCartney, L. McCartney Paul McCartney and Wings 4:51
2. "The Lovely Linda" (from McCartney, 1970) P. McCartney Paul McCartney 0:45
3. "Daytime Nighttime Suffering" (B-side to the "Goodnight Tonight" single, 1979) P. McCartney Wings 3:23
4. "Maybe I'm Amazed" (from McCartney) P. McCartney Paul McCartney 3:52
5. "Helen Wheels" (from Band on the Run (US edition)) P. McCartney, L. McCartney Paul McCartney and Wings 3:46
6. "Bluebird" (from Band on the Run) P. McCartney, L. McCartney Paul McCartney and Wings 3:26
7. "Heart of the Country" (from Ram) P. McCartney, L. McCartney Paul and Linda McCartney 2:24
8. "Every Night" (from McCartney) P. McCartney Paul McCartney 2:34
9. "Take It Away" (Single version; original version from Tug of War, 1982) P. McCartney Paul McCartney 4:05
10. "Junk" (from McCartney) P. McCartney Paul McCartney 1:57
11. "Man We Was Lonely" (from McCartney) P. McCartney Paul McCartney 2:59
12. "Venus and Mars/Rock Show" (Single edit; original version from Venus and Mars) P. McCartney, L. McCartney Wings 3:46
13. "The Back Seat of My Car" (from Ram) P. McCartney Paul and Linda McCartney 4:29
14. "Rockestra Theme" (from Back to the Egg, 1979) P. McCartney Wings 2:36
15. "Girlfriend" (from London Town) P. McCartney Wings 4:44
16. "Waterfalls" (DJ edit; original version from McCartney II) P. McCartney Paul McCartney 3:24
17. "Tomorrow" (from Wild Life, 1971) P. McCartney, L. McCartney Wings 3:27
18. "Too Many People" (from Ram) P. McCartney Paul and Linda McCartney 4:12
19. "Call Me Back Again" (from Venus and Mars) P. McCartney, L. McCartney Wings 4:59
20. "Tug of War" (Single version; original version from Tug of War) P. McCartney Paul McCartney 4:04
21. "Bip Bop/Hey Diddle" (Previously unreleased; recorded in 1971) P. McCartney, L. McCartney Paul and Linda McCartney 3:36
22. "No More Lonely Nights (Playout version)" (Edit) P. McCartney Paul McCartney 3:55
Total length: 77:26

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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